The iconic Bob Marley song One Love is to be re-released with the blessing of the musician’s family to support children whose lives have been upended by COVID-19, the UN said on Thursday.
The fundraising initiative comes as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that an additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes in the next six months.
Almost all of them live in developing countries, where the coronavirus pandemic has placed additional strain on already fragile health systems and basic services.
Call for unity, then and now
Issued in 1977 by Bob Marley and the Wailers, with a call for unity and to tackle the suffering of children, a new version of the much-loved reggae anthem will go on sale on Friday 17 July.
It features members of the Marley family, world-renowned musicians, artists from conflict zones and children from vulnerable communities.
“Over 40 years ago, my father wrote One Love about unity, peace and universal love during a time when there was much trouble in the world”, said Cedella Marley. “Even in a time when we aren’t able to ‘get together’, his message remains true today: we can get through this global crisis if we come together through one love and one heart.”
The project also has the support of jewellery brand Pandora, which has pledged to match every dollar raised to purchase One Love, up to the value of $1 million.
A bid for greater equality
All proceeds will support Reimagine, UNICEF’s global campaign to prevent the COVID-19 emergency from becoming a lasting crisis for children.
“One Love speaks directly to one key truth about this pandemic: our best hope to defeat COVID-19 and to reimagine a more equal, less discriminatory world for children is through global solidarity and co-operation”, said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “We are delighted that the Marley family along with Pandora have lent their generous support, creativity and love to help the most vulnerable children.”
In addition to the immediate health impact of COVID-19 on children and their families, UNICEF has warned that youngsters have been affected indirectly too, through school closures, food shortages, limited access to basic healthcare and disruptions to medical supply chains.
TikTok chiming in
The agency intends to use the money raised from One Love to respond to immediate needs, which include soap, facemasks, gloves, hygiene kits, protective equipment and lifesaving information for children and families.
Support for youngsters’ education, protection and healthcare systems will also be possible, UNICEF said in a statement, which noted that internet platform TikTok, will promote the song launch with a special event and public challenge for fans who want to get involved.
“We have a unique opportunity to chart a brighter future for the children and young people mostly likely to suffer its long-term consequences”, said Ms. Fore. “From ending violence, injustice and discrimination, to building fairer and more just societies, young people have made their message loud and clear. It is time for the rest of the world to hear it.”
Burna Boy Unveils New Album ‘Twice As Tall’
Nigerian Grammy-nominated Damini Ogulu professionally known as ‘ Burna Boy’ has released a fresh album, titled “Twice As Tall, ” a follow-up to his 2019 album, “African Giant.”
The 15-track album released on Thursday, featured Senegalese artist, Youssou N’Dour, O.G, Chris Martin, U.K. rapper Stormzy, afro-pop band Sauti Sol among others.
According to Burna Boy, the “Twice As Tall” album is “a journey through a bunch of emotions and energies at different points in time. It has now morphed into something bigger than me. It serves as a bridge for mankind to show that we’re all different but still very much the same.”
In a post on his Instagram page following the release of the new album, the artist commended those who played significant roles in the success of the project, saying he is grateful for the “unreal talents” that went into the production.
The post reads, “I’m grateful for the unreal talents that came together from ALL over the world to pull this off
“Shout out to the OG @diddy for coming on board and sprinkling his own unique spice on this! I hope I’m able to spark something in you when you listen.”
Burna’s new album was produced by Diddy, Bose Ogulu and the afro-pop fusion singer himself.
Sean Dampte Partners With Justjojo Ent, Picks Aug 21 For EP Release
Still basking in the euphoria of the success of his hit singles, Adura and Marcelina, Oluyole Oluwaseun, fondly called Sean Dampte by his admirers, has finally unveiled details of his much-touted project, an Extended Play (EP), entitled – Awoodah Rising (Man Like Sean Dampte and the relationship between him and one of the strongest music distribution companies in the United Kingdom, Justjojo Entertainment.
The UK- based Afro-fusion singer took to his verified Instagram account, @seandampte, to hint his fans about the project; a development which ignited the curiosity of many of his fans who have since been disturbing the internet with different anticipatory tags and headlines.
The project, entitled ‘Awoodah Rising- Man Like Sean Dampte’, according to Sean Dampte, which would be released on August 21, 2020, is a six-track EP that tends to unleash the ‘good’ of the said act.
Marcelina, the second track off the EP debuted number 8 on the Black Music Charts a couple of weeks ago, and on its current run of four weeks. Another single, according to the Afrobeat Superstar, which would enjoy massive attention, is ‘Money On My Mind Always – MOMMA’.
“MOMMA is about my journey as an artist. Many artists get caught up in fame and forget what is most important- family. The track talks about my motivation being family. It also speaks about my journey and lay to claim the reputation as one of the pioneers of the Afro-fusion culture,” he said.
Asked what inspired then nomenclature Awoodah, as it reflects in the EP title, and why he felt it was so necessary to release the project at this time, he has this to say: “When I returned to music, I hear people say “Who is that?” and so that inspired me to coin the word Awoodah. And I think it’s time I let people into my world.”
He also opened up on his relationship with the UK-based promoter, Rebecca Junaid, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Justjojo Entertainment. Junaid has worked with several notable Nigerian acts such as Yemi Alade, Selebobo, Tekno, among others.
According to Sean Dampte, ‘Justjojo will be responsible for the global distribution of the EP to the right audience.’
Meanwhile, the tracklist of the EP includes Adura, Money On My Mind Always, Pe’Pe Ft Buju, Marcelina (Remastered), Nkechi Freak Like Me and O’Por.
Yemi Alade joins UNDP’s call for urgent action to protect those hit hardest by COVID-19 surge
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined by key voices in international development, reiterates the importance of protecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people hit hardest by the socio-economic impact of COVID-19. This call comes under the auspices of the 2020 UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in the event “Half the World: The Many Faces of Social Protection”. Half the world refers to 55 percent of the world’s population that are not covered by social insurance or social assistance, according to ILO data.
Joining the event from Lagos, Nigeria, globally acclaimed Afropop star Yemi Alade shone a spotlight on those suffering the direst consequences of the pandemic, such as young women who are self-employed and are the sole providers for their families.
“We are here to talk about half the world, the half that wakes up every morning to go to work despite and because of the global pandemic,” Alade said. “It’s about the young woman who is struggling to make ends meet and risking her health to provide for her family.”
“Let’s not let billions of the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people fall through the cracks in our society,” she said.
The event was hosted by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, who reiterated UNDP’s responsibility for integrated action and called on all development partners to step up on social protection.
“We cannot afford to become inured to poverty, hunger and jobs figures that keep getting worse. We cannot sleepwalk into a new normal. Unprecedented action is needed, and it is needed now,” Steiner said. “There are some great examples of how developing countries are addressing social protection challenges—from cash to supplements income to in-kind assistance that supplements nutrition, to care systems geared towards working women.”
Steiner added: “Unless we bring fresh perspective and ideas to the table, successful action will depend on an uneven patchwork of social assistance, social insurance and systems of care around the world.”
Among other featured speakers at the event were UNDP’s partners from governments and the international development sector, including HE Cina Lawson, Minister of Postal Affairs and Digital Economy of Togo; Reema Nanavaty, Director General of SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association); Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Dr Guy Standing, Professor at SOAS University of London and co-founder of Basic Income Earth Network; and Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), who joined via a video message.
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